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American Tonalist Society
Tonalism Today Online Showcase

Best in Tonalism 2020 

Online Showcase 

The American Tonalist Society is hosting an online juried showcase. 

Dear Artist, 

AmericanTonalism portrays imagery that embodies and emotes atmosphere and mood.The paintings represent a quiet, contemplative experience that manifest spirituality and simplicity. 

This online juried showcase is an opportunity to have your work included among the finest examples of Tonalism being created today. Three awards will be presented and the winners will be invited to submit work to the ATS 2021 biennial invitational exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. The award winners will also be featured in our Bi-Annual Journal, and promoted through ATS’s social media channels. 

All accepted entries will be posted on the ATS website gallery, Online Juried Shows, and promoted through ATS’s social media channels. Winners will be featured in our bi-annual online Journal. 

First Place $1500 Second Place $500 Third Place - $250 Honorable Mentions 

Artists living in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 


Paintings must be in the style of tonalism.The tonalist movement illustrates the departure from emphasis on color, strong contrasts, bravura brushwork, and high chroma. Instead, it focuses on emotion, spirituality, feeling and mood, encompassing luscious, luminous, and evanescent atmospheric effects featuring foggy mornings, evocative moonlit nights with a minimal palette of neutral hues. Like visual poetry, tonalist paintings have a quiet statement of contemplation, mystery, and intrigue. “The purpose of the painter is awaken an emotion.” George Inness

By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images may be displayed on ATS’s website, Facebook page, and other social and/or print media. Images do become part of ATS’s archives and may be used for this and future ATS promotions. Artists will retain copyright to their image(s).

Please note: Final Award Judging will be done with original paintings only. Any painting that is considered for an award will receive an honorable mention, but must be shipped for authentication and verification by the jurors to be eligible for a cash award.

ATS will cover the cost of return shipping.

Entries can be marked NFS, but if it is in contention for an award, the original painting must be shipped to ATS.

Only those considered for awards will be notified when and where to send paintings.The painting must be shipped in a Strongbox, Masterpak, or Art Shipper. Paintings received in any other packaging will be returned unopened.

The American Tonalist Society curates exhibitions of fine art demonstrating excellence in tonalism based on concept and execution. The decision of the judges is final. Jury fees are non- refundable.

By entering this exhibition, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus 

Please submit your images of paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, tempera or watercolor. (no photography or prints allowed). Up to two paintings per artist will be accepted into the show.

Largest horizontal size is 36"

If available for sale, please indicate retail price (If sold, artist
receives 65%) The show will be promoted on social media for sales opportunities.Your entry can be marked NFS, but if it is in contention for an award, the original painting must be shipped for authentication to ATS.

Any questions, please email

•  Entry Fees 

Signature Artist (Those who participated in the 2019 Shades of Gray show at the Salmagundi Club): $35 for your first two entries, and $10 for each additional entry

Artist: $35 for your first entry, and $15 for each additional entry.

There is no limit to the number of entries you wish to submit for consideration. 

Entry deadline: May 20, 2020
Jury results will be posted May 31st.

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